Book Review: Walt Disney’s Mother Goose

Once again a flea market has offered up another vintage Disney book for the blog:

9 1/2″ x 12 1/2 ” with 30 pages

Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been told and retold too many times to count, but this retelling gives the familiar tales a Disney twist. Each verse is accompanied by images of beloved Disney characters, both well-known and obscure.

Title Pages

The artwork is attributed to the Walt Disney Studio, with no single artist being credited.

Now let’s take a look at some of the rhymes with accompanying artwork:

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The whole cast…

It’s always cool to see so many Disney characters together! Above we have a collection of favorites like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Pinocchio alongside vintage characters like the Three Little Pigs/Big Bad Wolf and Clara Cluck, and then obscure characters like Bongo and Pablo (the penguin).

The Old Woman needs to add a boot annex to her shoe!

The Seven Dwarfs

I thought this page was neat because it used each of the seven dwarfs for a different rhyme that basically fit their personalities.

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Song of the South

The book has many references to the Song of the South. The rhyme One to Ten depicts the only time Br’er Fox would ever consider letting Br’er Rabbit go!

Bongo and Lulubelle

Not many Disney fans remember little Bongo and his girlfriend, the couple from the package film Fun and Fancy Free. This was a character that didn’t quite make it but did show up from time to time in books like this.

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This page caught my eye. Not only are characters from Song of the South featured again (Yea!) but Snow White makes an appearance in a color-variant of her signature dress.

Lastly, the little black lamb from So Dear to My Heart makes an appropriate cameo in Baa, Baa, Black Sheep!

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The rhymes are basic and well-known, but for very young children, everything is new again! The artwork alone, with the Disney touch, is worth adding this book to your child’s collection.

I would give this book a 4 out of 5 Stars. Again, story wise, there is nothing new here. But for the Disney fan, seeing beloved characters portraying favorite Mother Goose characters should be worth a look. You can find a reprinting of this book on Amazon as of the date of this post.

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Back Cover

This particular copy is the eighth printing by the Western Publishing Company from 1973. It is part of the Golden Book series.